Jeff Hess Posted 11 months ago When to write a book? : (continued) "there's no way to tell. All I need to do is to keep my heart and mind open to the work. Nothing I create is art at first. It's simply a collection of notions that may never be understood. Returning every day thickens the atmosphere. Images appear. Connections are made. But even these clearer notions will fade if I stay away more than a day. Reality fights against my dreams, it tries to deny creation and change. The world wants me to be someone known, someone with solid ideas, not blowing smoke. Given a day, reality will begin to scatter my notions; given two days, it will drive them off. The act of writing is a kind of guerrilla warfare; there is no vacation, no leave, no relief. In actuality there is very little chance of victory. I am, I fear, like that homeless man, likely to be defeated by my fondest dreams. Then the next day comes, and the words, and Kaliope, are waiting. I pick up where I left off, in the cool and shifting mists of morning." Adapted from "For Authors, Fragile Ideas Need Loving Every Day" by Walter Mosley, 3 July 2000.